Happy Birthday Ishant Sharma (2nd September)

Ishant Sharma, born on 2nd September 1988, is the leader of Team India’s pace attack in Test cricket.

Here are some top 10 interesting facts you must know about Ishant Sharma :

1.) Standing at 1.93 metres (6 ft 4 in), Ishant is one of the tallest bowlers to play for Team India, and this height helps him to obtain bounce and good carry.

2.) Ishant was a part of the Indian under-19 side for the tour of England in 2006. Interestingly, he made his Under-19 One-Day and Test debut alongside Virat Kohli. And the duo also made their First-Class and Ranji Trophy debuts in the same match, which was against Tamil Nadu in the 2006-07 season.

3.) While most people consider Ricky Ponting to be Ishant’s “bunny”, that dubious record actually goes to England’s captain Alastair Cook. Cook has been dismissed 9 times by Ishant across all formats of international cricket while both Ponting and Michael Clarke have been dismissed seven times.

4.) On India tour of Australia in 2011-12, he clocked 152.2 kph during the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, which is the fastest delivery he has bowled in his international career till date.

5.) Along with Kapil Dev, Ishant is the only Indian pace bowler to have picked up six or more wickets four times in an overseas Test match. While Kapil’s hauls came in Pakistan (two), Australia and the West Indies, Ishant has two such figures in New Zealand and one each in England and the West Indies.

This article was first published on CricketTimes.com.
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